I just bought a 2006 stratoliner online and wonder if there is a security switch that prevents me from starting it.
I am understanding you have a motorcycle in the driveway that you cannot start. The lights are probably operating as is the horn etc, but it just will not start. Is this correct? Please read all the way to the end of my comment. Thank you.
There is a "kill" switch (this is the street name for the switch, manufacturers call it something else, preferring to not use the term "KILL" on their product) on the handle bar. It is usually RED. It's purpose is to shut the motor off by simply pressing the switch into the "off" position. If this switch is not in the "RUN" position, your motorcycle will not start.
There very likely are other modern safety features on your motorcycle. For example, many motorcycles cannot be started "in gear" or with the clutch engaged or if the kick stand is not in the ride position.
Recap: If your kill switch is in RUN; your clutch handle is pulled in; your transmission is in Neutral; and the kick stand is up, it should start.
Beyond this, is your battery up to snuff? Have you ever seen the motorcycle operating? Can you check the voltage on the start solenoid STARTER SIDE with the key in the on position with the start switch depressed? Is your battery full? Should read 11.5 or higher voltage on a volt meter. Can you jump the start solenoid with a heavy cable? With a heavy cable, temporarly jump the two heavy wires connected to the start solenoid. Expect sparking. WARNING - MAKE SURE THE BIKE IS NOT IN GEAR IF YOU TRY THIS! Can you run a heavy jumper directly to the starter? WARNING - MAKE SURE THE BIKE IS NOT IN GEAR IF YOU TRY THIS!
Can you communicate with the owner? Has he or she been helpful with this trouble? Are they close by where you live? Or ... sadly ... are you stuck with this in a 'as is' condition?
This battery may be as old as six years. You can check it with a hydrometer (each cell) or a volt meter - each cell or the entire battery. Hydrometer reading should be 1200 or better (dont get acid on you or your bike). Battery voltage should be at least 11. V DC - ideally 12 or more V DC. Each cell should ideally read 1.5 V DC. If you feel this test necessary, you insert the probes one cell to the next using the posts for the connection on the end cells. Again, don't get acid on you or your bike and clean your probes after the test. Baking soda is the best for neutralising the acid.
Probably the best procedure for you to follow for the battery is to test using the posts. If it is not 11 or more volts at rest or 14 or so with the engine running, replace it.
I hope you get your motorcycle going. Ride safely. If you have not taken the Motorcycle Safety Foundation Basic Rider Ccourse, I encourage you to take it. Search 'Motorcycle Safety Foundation' for a location near you. For me, I have taught this course off and on, mostly off, since 1973.
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Jan 20, 2010 |
2006 Yamaha Stratoliner